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  • Clear Comfort (a.k.a. The Alice Austen House) was built in 1690. In 1844 it was purchased by John Haggerty Austen, Alice Austen's grandfather. Today it serves as a museum dedicated to the photographer who documented life on Staten Island and around New York City during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • The Conference or Billopp House, located in Tottenville, was the host of a Revolutionary War peace conference between Americans Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge and British Representatives led by Admiral Lord Howe. Today the house, surrounded by a large bayside park, serves as a museum commemorating the unsuccessful negotiations.
  • This museum, administrated by the Order Sons of Italy in America, honors Antonio Meucci, who developed the first working telephone in 1857, and Giuseppi Garibaldi, an Italian revolutionary.
  • Take a stroll through history at this 100-acre village featuring buildings representing 300 years of StatenIsland life, including the oldest schoolhouse still standing (built 1695). In season, costumed craftspeoplere-enact life in colonial times, depicting typical chores, crafts, and trade.
  • This museum, founded in 1945, seeks to preserve Tibetan culture by encouraging study in the art,history, and cultural artifacts of Tibet. The museum contains over 1,200 pieces of art from Tibet andother Buddhist cultures.
  • A Greek Revival temple houses Snug Harbor Cultural Center's own Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art which has exhibitions in 15,000 feet of gallery space, plus outdoor and off-site projects, educational programs, 30 artists studios on site and an international artist residency program.
  • The Noble Maritime Collection is one of the country's most significant maritime collections. A maritime museum and education center with galleries, children's programs, library, archives and a working lithography studio. The collection focuses on the history of Sailor's Snug Harbor and maritime artist John A. Noble.
  • The Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences presents exhibits relating to local history, arts, and environment and other topics. They maintain an extensive library of historical materials, which is open to the public by appointment. The museum is located near the ferry terminal in St. George, at 75 Stuyvesant Place

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